Audio clips won’t hinder ties with UAE, say analysts

PETALING JAYA: Diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates are unlikely to be affected by the public release of a recorded phone conversation allegedly involving Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan, according to two political analysts.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission released audio recordings which it said were of conversations between former prime minister Najib Razak and Sheikh Mohammed Zayed, who is crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces.

Yeah Kim Leng, a professor of economics at Sunway University, said he does not foresee diplomatic ties with Abu Dhabi being threatened by the audio clip. He said both countries should move on from the matter.

“While the clip could have ruffled the UAE’s leadership, it is unlikely to lead to a deterioration of government-to-government ties.

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